California counts: Strategies and skills for reporting on the U.S. census
Join us at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in Los Angeles (one of the hardest places in the nation for a good count) for a daylong briefing on the U.S. Census. You’ll learn about the challenges facing the counters in a state where an estimated 75 percent of residents are considered hard to count. We will discuss reporting strategies and how the climate of fear in immigrant communities might impede a good count, as well as efforts to delegitimize the U.S. Census, which holds the key to how billions of dollars are distributed to local communities. We’ll decipher what’s in the census anyway — analyzing assumptions built into the census on such fundamental questions as “What is a family?” We’ll also roll up over sleeves in a hands-on workshop on using census data to tell important community stories and close with a session on how newsrooms can be smart about census reporting strategies.
Lunch will be provided.
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